BY RYAN TATE
Police scanner tracking Boston radio chatter last week. Photo via Ustream
Ustream reports more than 2.5 million people tapped its livestream of Boston police officers closing on bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, marking a spotlight moment for a site that’s usually overshadowed by YouTube.
Arik Hesseldahl - All Things D
The events in Boston — starting Monday with a pair of explosions that killed three and injured 176 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon — came to a dramatic close Friday night with the capture of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two brothers suspected of carrying out the attacks. He had been hiding out in a boat parked in the backyard of a house in Watertown, Mass.
A furious citywide manhunt brought Boston and surrounding towns to a standstill, and there was little else to do all day but watch the live TV coverage. All day, reporters repeated what they knew, which was precious little beyond the bare facts. One suspect was dead, the other on the run after an intense gunfight with police. The “Breaking News” banners became meaningless, because throughout the day there was not much actual news breaking other than that the search continued.
Not 30 minutes after a news conference during which local officials told Boston residents they could probably go outside again, police engaged in a firefight with the suspect hiding in the boat.
It was at this point that a quarter of a million people, including me, tuned in to the streaming video image of Uniden Bearcat scanner radio picking up publicly available police communications traffic in Boston.
By Patrick Hoge, Reporter – San Francisco Business Times
Photo by Spencer A Brown
“We’ve got the tiger by the tail,” says CEO Brad Hunstable of his 6-year-old company.
Ustream Inc. has found a business model that is turbocharging revenue growth — selling live Internet video streaming technology services to professional users such as music festival promoters, media companies and even corporations holding press conferences.
The paid service is not new, but last year demand took off, and Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable said his company’s revenue is on track to double this year from 2012’s $24 million.